Panel Shoots Down Rifle Range

January 09, 1991

The county Board of Zoning Appeals shot down a proposal to turn a Reese-area industrial building into an indoor shooting range.

The board, in a written decision released Dec. 28, declined to establish the indoor range as a conditional use and denied a variance for reduction in the lot size and distance requirements.

Glen A. Swain of Frizzelburg had proposed using an industrial building on Bethel Road for an indoor range because of crowded conditions and membership waiting lists at Carroll's outdoor shooting ranges. It would have been one of the few indoor ranges in the metro area.

"Based on the record, the board is convinced that use of the property, as proposed, would not contribute to the orderly growth of the community, and cannot be considered to be an appropriate use of the premises," the board wrote.

The decision went on to say that the variance was denied because "there is no evidence of practical difficulty and unreasonable hardship in the use of the property that would warrant authorization of the variances." Without the variance, the conditional use was denied, the board said.

The decision also stated thateven if the site met the requirements, the range was not an appropriate use and the request still would be denied.

Swain also has informally approached Taneytown officials about locating an indoor range in the old Baumgardner Bakery building, but has not made a formal presentation.

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